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The amount of exclamation points I want to insert into this post right now is insane. So yesterday I was lucky enough to be invited to the unveiling of the MAC Marilyn Monroe (!!!) collection at the MAC in the Flatiron District! I was so excited because I saw a line at the door of other lovelies who were invited and it just got me really pumped; even knowing that it was about to be a chaotic mess! Shops in New York City are tiny, especially when you're trying to squish in 50 women (boozed on champagne that they were serving)! My invitation was for 7:30 and I went with my mom! Only, we got there super early and tried to see if we could get in (we did! haha). Walking inside was insane! They set up two collection displays on either ends of the shop but they were so TINY. There was also a big set up where they had a model dressed up like Marilyn Monroe and she was swaying and smiling the entire time. They had servers walking around with champagne, tiny hors d'oeuvre's, and little chocolate covered strawberries! When you walked in they handed you a paper and a pen so you could jot down everything you wanted then hand it to a make up artist and they'd get it for you in one go! My mom and I charged in like we were in battle, but for the first 10 minutes I was staring at other people's hands to see swatches, haha! It was insane, we were all crowded in front of this tiny display, grabbing and swatching. People were actually trying to put things on their faces which was hysterical because they were being shoved every which way. I had to use a pen to label which color was which because I swear to you that I swatched everything up my arm, haha! The packaging of all the products was actually a lot nicer than I thought it would be. A lot of people were saying how tacky it looked but it honestly didn't, save for maybe the beauty powder.
So how about we move onto the things you guys really want to see, the products and the swatches! This is collectively what my mom and I bought (she paid for hers and I paid for mine). Allons-y!
Large Eye Shadows ($21.00)
I'm surprised that I came out with two eyeshadows. When I saw the promotional pictures the only color that really caught my eye was Preferred Blonde but that was the one I was most disappointed with. Both of these eyeshadows are Veluxe Pearl finishes. They both have lovely and smooth textures. The colors are both nicely pigmented with a gorgeous pearly finish. Showgirl is a gorgeous blue/grey color that when I swatched it I thought would be so pretty for smokey eyes. How to Marry is a brilliant white that could have looked chalky but is smooth which would make it great to wear on the whole eyelid or even just as highlights on the brow bone or inner corner. I can't wait to start using these and I'm super impressed with the quality!
The lipsticks are the thing I always look to first when MAC comes out with collections. They're usually the best and the first things to get sold out. The lipsticks are probably the main reason I was super excited to be able to preview the collection before anyone got a chance to buy them all out! The first lipstick is Love Goddess. Holy hot macaroni, this color is spectacular! Love Goddess is a sort of subdued bright raspberry lip that is perfect, perfect I tell you! for this season! It's a color I can start wearing now, into the fall and even carry over to the winter! The finish of this lipstick is satin so it's got a nice sheen to it. The second lipstick was Pure Zen. My mom and I both got this lipstick so I would like to again say, Holy hot macaroni! I honestly just swatched it because I was already swatching everything. The millisecond the lipstick ran across my arm and my eyes registered it, I was in love. It's the nude I have been looking for. It's perfect. It's not too beige, and it's got a tinge of pink to it which is what I think makes it so great! Also, the fact that it's a cremesheen is just icing on the cake!
I love MAC's dazzleglasses. I love them because I love glittery disco balls of joy. I've never had one though because I didn't feel like spending $20 on picking just any color for the sake of having it. This collection came out with two dazzleglasses and Phiff! is the one I fell in love with. It's sheer but with little gold glitters in it and the tiniest tinge of pink. It doesn't make your lips look like to wet seals and it's not as sticky as I thought it would be! I also think it would look really pretty layered over any of the two lipsticks I got! I can't really find the words to describe why I like it so much.
My mom picked up this blush because when I saw it I thought it was too similar to colors I already have. Boy, am I ever glad she got it. Legendary is a really light coral color that has a Satin finish. As with all the products we seem to have picked up it's got that pink tinge and little gold, finely milled shimmers. It doesn't appear on the skin, just adds a subtle glow. I can see this blush getting unnoticed because the color isn't wham, bam, and in your face. I do think it'll be lovely for just accentuating your cheeks without making it look obvious that you're wearing blush!
The last thing I picked up is nothing too exciting because it is part of the permanent range. Smolder is just your run of the mill black eye liner. The reason this makes me excited is because of how soft the liner is. When you run it across it doesn't pull the skin and delivers nice and opaque color in one go. It's also very blend able which would be absolutely perfect for a smokey eye of just smoked out liner! I think it was very appropriately added to this collection!
What's my verdict? I'm thoroughly impressed with this collection. It was perfectly tailored by theme with all the colors and packaging being nicely reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe herself. I particularly love this collection because it seems to be really tailored to fair skinned girls. If you have a darker skin tone I would recommend you skip the blushes and take a really good look at the lipsticks and eyeshadows because I think those would be lovely. I'm in love with the products I got it and more importantly, very happy with them! Kudos to MAC!
What are you thoughts? Are you guys excited for this collection to come out? I can't wait to see what you guys pick up!